Freedom's requirements
Imagine the United States today had we protested and not fought the Civil War. Imagine the millions of lives that could have been saved had France chosen to stop Germany when they could easily have done so instead of protesting and giving Hitler the time to amass strength and power.

Cousin and soldier
I just wanted to say thanks for making the article about Will Rusaw. He's my cousin and I had forgotten he went into the army. I hear that the reason for this is he wants to be just like our grandfather Chester Pemberton.

Give Alyeska Central School a chance
Alyeska Central School (ACS) is a valuable Alaska resource that will vanish if HB174 and SB107 pass during this legislative session. The two reasons cited in the administration's proposal to eliminate ACS are cost savings and duplication of services.

Apology and prayer
I want to express a sincere apology for having offended several people after writing an article (Empire, March 17) that came across attacking and adversarial. I do believe in expressing one's personal opinions, however, as a Christian, I do not believe it is appropriate to tear others down.

The lefties are reveling
I wholeheartedly support President Bush and the war to eliminate the barbarian regime in Baghdad. Twelve years of appeasement and political correctness brought on this war. I don't buy the revisionist, leftist line of "had George H.W. Bush finished the job, we wouldn't be here."

Stop the whining
I last wrote a letter to the editor shortly after the events of 9/11 when a series of letters appeared in the paper blaming those attacks on the current political party and president. I write now as I did back then, asking is it time to be writing about politics or is it time to come together as most of us did after those terrible events of Sept. 11?

Supporting our troops like supporting LAPD
"Support our troops." This is a phrase I have heard from both sides of the fence. Those in favor of the war throw this in as added fuel for their "patriotic" rants. Unfortunately, many people who were originally against the war are also now using this phrase in a strange about-face.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Assembly adds $12.5 million JDHS funding measure to June ballot
Juneau voters will see two separate high school bond issues on a June 3 special election ballot. The Juneau Assembly on Monday voted unanimously to add $12.5 million in bond funding for Juneau-Douglas High School and other school projects to the June election. The ballot already includes $12.6 million in bonding for a Mendenhall Valley high school.

Relative fails to win bail for sex-abuse defendant
A man accused of multiple felony counts of sexually abusing a minor remains in prison today despite a petition by a family member of the alleged victim to have the man released. Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks denied the request Monday at a bail hearing in Juneau Superior Court.

Photo: Bringing the art back
Hoonah artist Duane Bosch repairs his artwork, titled "Wave," in front of the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool on Monday. The totem pole and panel recently had been been vandalized with graffiti.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Photo: Spring training
Ben Ohnstad, 11, hits a pitch by Nathaniel Habeger, 11, as Aaron Badilla, 12, awaits the ball in left field. The boys took advantage of the spring-like weather at Melvin Park Monday afternoon.

Gold Town Nickelodeon's days may be numbered
After bringing independent films to Juneau for five years, the Gold Town Nickelodeon movie theater has fallen on hard times and may not recover. "The last couple of months we have just been hammered," said manager Lisle Hebert. "It's been pretty bony ... We've had a lot of films with a lot less attendance."

State restarts Juneau Access study
After spending more than three years in project purgatory, the environmental study that could result in the construction of a road linking Juneau and Skagway or enhanced ferry service in upper Lynn Canal has been resurrected by the state Department of Transportation. Gov. Frank Murkowski supported road construction in last fall's election and in December directed DOT to complete the draft environmental impact statement for the Juneau Access Project.

This Day in History
In 1959, The Detroit '59ers reached Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, on their way from Detroit to homestead land on the Kenai Peninsula.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

NOAA to build at Lena Point
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will build a scaled-down fisheries research center at Lena Point in Juneau, agency officials said Tuesday. NOAA canceled bids on the Lena Point project last summer when the construction costs came in $6 million over budget. During the past nine months, officials reviewed options for Lena Point and the existing federal fisheries lab at Auke Bay.

Photo: Spring ice
Unconvinced by last Sunday's moderating temperatures, a frozen creek near the North Douglas Highway continues to insist it is winter.

Taking control, creating a focus
These are designing times, while the ground is thawing. And as the days get long enough to have some afterwork time, and before the "on the ground" work commences, we remake our rooms, our homes and the outside spaces we call our yards. They all serve to provide us with the settings for our lives. The way these spaces work together determine if we are content with our places or if we continually feel uncomfortable.

Pets of the week
Samson is a mellow house dog who loves children, adults, other dogs and cats. He is a big guy, a rottweiler/mastiff mix. Sunkist is a sweet, red-haired girl with freckles on her nose.

The gift of care
February marked the beginning of my fiftieth year of life. The first 48 years were spent living at home with my mother, who died two years ago this month at the age of 82. I was the single, childless daughter who never left home. Except for the time I was traveling or vacationing, my mother was a part of my everyday for all those years.

Hotel history: Remembering the Occidental on Front Street
The Occidental Hotel opened in Juneau's second decade with amenities rare for buildings in town during that period - each of its 25 rooms boasted hot and cold running water. Built in 1892 on Front Street, across from where the Sealaska Plaza parking lot now sits, it was owned by John Olds and Morris Orton. In addition to the plumbing, hotel facilities included a billiard room, a reading room, a dining room, bar and kitchen.

Thank you
...tour operators; ...for the support; ...for the donations; ...for the inspiration; ...for the work; ...for the contributions;

Elsa Lundell Mahan
Former Douglas resident Elsa Lundell Mahan, 85, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, in Seattle.

Heather Ann Merkel
Former Juneau resident Heather Ann Merkel died March 15, 2003, in Bolivar, Mo., as a result of congestive heart failure.

Alaska editorial: End Green gravy train
A bill now pending before the Legislature could remove a significant impediment to investment in Alaska by the mining industry. Existing state law actually encourages lawsuits by green groups trying to block mineral development. When individuals or companies file lawsuits and lose, they can be forced to pay the attorney fees and other legal expenses of the party they unsuccessfully sued - even if that party is the state.

My Turn: Where is Tongass justice?
I am Ya-Yan-No-Goo, Wanda Hit of the Chookaneidi Clan, descended from the people of Glacier Bay. This land has sustained our people since time immemorial. I am not a child and have walked this land for half a century.

My Turn: Another tale from the jungle
The thought of an inarticulate, 800-pound gorilla swatting a naughty, 20-pound monkey would be a thoroughly tragic narrative of imperialist aggression in a battle of ill-matched opponents if it were not for one little, sad fact: This monkey is rabid.

My Turn: Message from the peace vigil
Upon hearing that the bombing campaign against Iraq was beginning, a group of peace activists held vigil last week for five days at the Dimond Courthouse plaza. I was one of the people who was moved to spend many hours there, hoping to remind the people of Juneau that when the bombs fall, people die.

Coed Volleyball
The standings from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's coed volleyball leagues through matches of March 23.

'Old Reliable'
After struggling with its free-throw shooting most of the game, it was only fitting that "Old Reliable" was at the free-throw line with the game on the line for Reliable Transfer of Juneau. Kevin Casperson hit the game-winning free throws for the second straight game, leading Reliable to an 86-85 victory over the Kake Tlingit Heat in Monday's winners' bracket action in the Gold Medal's Mighty B Bracket at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Dzantik'i Heeni boys rally to defeat Kake by a point
Down by 12 points in the first half, Dzantik'i Heeni rallied to beat Kake 37-36 in the first day of boys middle school action Monday afternoon at Juneau-Douglas High School. Robert Beierly scored 27 points to lead Dzantik'i Heeni, while Bubba Larsen added seven points, including the game-winning free throw with 5.9 seconds left.

Klawock rolls
The Klawock Old Totems and the Klukwan Chilkats will face each other for a shot at the Legendary C Bracket title game after both teams cruised to victory Tuesday at the 57th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. In the afternoon winners' bracket game, Klukwan rolled over Kake ANB 78-62, and in the night game, Klawock outlasted Yakutat ANB 91-82. The Old Totems and the Chilkats will play Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinal game. Kake was slated to play the Huna Totem Oldtimers today at 1 p.m., and Yakutat plays Angoon ANS at 6:30 p.m. in losers' bracket games.

Angoon 49ers - early 1950s
First Gold Medal team from Angoon: The Angoon 49ers pose for a picture taken in the early 1950s at the old Fifth Street high school gym in Juneau. This was the first Gold Medal team from Angoon and they called themselves the Angoon 49ers because they were old-timers at the time.

Juneau Little Leaguers at Arizona camp
A group of Gastineau Channel Little Leaguers is in Scottsdale, Ariz., this week to attend the ABC baseball camp, taught by current and former Major League Baseball players and scouts. The players have workouts and training sessions during the day, and attend college or major league spring training games at night.

Lynden women turn the tables on Klawock-P.O.W.
In a rematch of last year's Premiere Women's Bracket title game and what looks to be a preview of this year's final, Lynden Transport of Juneau upset four-time defending champion Klawock-Prince of Wales 65-58 in the second round of Gold Medal action Tuesday night at Juneau-Douglas High School. "Both teams played such good defense that neither could get going offensively," Lynden coach Jer Hamey said. "It was one of those games where it was gonna come down to the end and ... we were able to come out on top."

Sitka Tribe rolls over Hoonah; HoopTime girls also advance
Everybody on the Sitka Tribe roster scored at least four points, keeping their team undefeated in the girls middle school bracket of the Gold Medal Tournament with a 53-15 victory over the Hoonah Braves on Tuesday morning at Juneau-Douglas High School. Sitka Tribe will play in Thursday's 9 a.m. winners' bracket final against the HoopTime 7th Graders, who beat Kake 27-3 on Tuesday. Sitka and HoopTime are guaranteed to finish no worse than third place in the tournament.

No two-and-out for Angoon this tourney
For the past two years, Angoon ANS has been two and out in the Legendary C Bracket. But on Monday, it avoided a dubious three-peat with a 71-63 victory over Sitka ANB at Juneau-Douglas High School in the 57th Annual Gold Medal Tournament. In the other losers' bracket game, the defending champion Huna Totem Oldtimers eliminated the Metlakatla Taquan Masters 114-83.

Cavs, Boozer avenge All-Star antics
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers remembered the way Jason Richardson embarrassed Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer during All-Star weekend. Boozer had 19 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and a career-high seven assists as the Cavaliers won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating Richardson and the Golden State Warriors 124-103 Tuesday night.

Alborn retires from ski jumping
ANCHORAGE - Champion Anchorage ski jumper Alan Alborn announced his retirement from the U.S. Ski Team this week. Alborn, 22, said knee problems are forcing him to leave the sport that gained him five national championships, two Olympic appearances and the U.S. jumping record of 221.5 meters. His knee required surgery last fall and has been a source of pain for more than a year.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Midnight Suns baseball squad ties, wins to start Arizona trip
The Juneau Midnight Suns baseball team tied and won its preseason openers at the Flying Dog Invitational early this week in Peoria, Ariz.

Lynden runs away with win against Kake
Lynden Transport of Juneau came out running the court Monday evening, beating Kake LAB 84-53 in the first round of women's Gold Medal action at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym. "We like to run, so whenever we can get out and run, that's what we want to do," said Heather Clark who led Lynden with 19 points. "We're a runnin' team."

Haines Merchants start long road back
The Haines Merchants have been down this road before. When Haines won three straight championships in the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's Mighty B Bracket from 1999 to 2001, the Merchants lost a game early in the tournament and then had to rally their way back through the losers' bracket to win the title. Haines started another trip through the losers' bracket late Tuesday night with a 118-81 victory over the Klukwan Young Guns. The Merchants are hoping this trip through the back side of the tournament leads to another title.

Gold Medal Boxscores

Gold Medal Boxscores

Murkowski budget slows 2003 session
The 2003 legislative session is moving along slowly with lawmakers at the halfway mark passing just three bills and 11 resolutions out of the 418 different measures introduced this session. Rampart Sen. Georgianna Lincoln, a Democrat, said with so many freshman legislators in the House, she expects a slow session. There were 17 new lawmakers at the start of the session, and now there are 18 with Gov. Frank Murkowski's recent appointment of a replacement member in the House.

Native teacher learns her history
FAIRBANKS - Karen Dullen will soon embark on a journey that will take her back to a pivotal point in the history of both her own family and many other Alaska Natives. Dullen, an Inupiat Eskimo and seventh-grade teacher at Ryan Middle School, will spend next school year on sabbatical studying the contact between Natives along the Koyukuk River and missionaries from the Episcopal Church.

Anchorage airport running millions over construction budget
ANCHORAGE - A huge make-over project at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is running $186 million over the original budget. State transportation officials said they need to borrow more money to finish the work. But some state lawmakers, who must approve new borrowing, and local airlines, which ultimately would foot the bill, said the project needs to be scaled back.

Committee puts brakes on studded-tire bill
A bill to impose a $10 fee for new studded tires stalled in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday amid opposition from some lawmakers and those affected by it. The committee heard testimony from tire dealers and others in the industry who would be required to collect the $10 per tire fee on new studded tires. All were opposed to the measure.

Bill allows fewer to qualify for state medical assistance
JUNEAU - The state would save about $258,000 next year and about 100 fewer Alaskans would get state-funded medical care under a bill moving through the Legislature. The measure, introduced by Gov. Frank Murkowski, freezes the income guidelines that determine whether a person is eligible for some programs paid for by Medicaid. Instead of going up with inflation, the income limits would stay at the current level indefinitely.

Proposed education cuts running afoul in the House
House Republicans are split on a plan by Gov. Frank Murkowski to cut millions in spending for Alaska schools. House Speaker Pete Kott, an Eagle River Republican, said many in his majority caucus are opposed to Murkowski's plan to cut $20 million from K-12 grants and funding for local busing. "I think there is enough importance put on K-12 education that most of the members I am talking to are going to be supportive of keeping it" in the budget, Kott told the Anchorage Daily News.

State Briefs
Assembly delays action on Patriot Act resolution; Meetings on tourism guidelines this week; New city manager starts work today; Man forces three from road, may face charges; Fishermen's memorial accepting applications; Lynden, Western Express offer Canada-Alaska service

Missing Anchorage brothers found dead
ANCHORAGE - Two young brothers who disappeared from their Anchorage neighborhood two weeks ago have been found dead in a pond half a mile from their home. Authorities recovered the bodies of 8-year-old Malcolm Johnson and his 5-year-old brother Isaiah from the partially frozen pond Tuesday evening. The surrounding area was searched soon after the boys vanished March 10. Authorities received a phone tip from a woman who found a child's shoe floating at the edge of the pond, Police Chief Walt Monegan said. A fire department dive team found the bodies about six feet under the ice.

State lawmakers hear testimony on tobacco bill
Lawmakers in the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would change the legal age to buy tobacco products from 19 to 21.

State Briefs
Bill would stop minimum wage inflation proofing; More charges for shooting defendant; Coast Guard rescues overturned fisherman; Trailer burns, no injuries

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